All About Weigh Stations

Weigh StationsEven if you are new to the world of truck driving, chances are you have passed by a sign for a weigh station along the interstate. While a weigh station is a common find along most busy interstates, few outside of the trucking world know what they are used for.

A weigh station tends to fill two purposes in most states, safety and tax purposes. They are also weighed in two different ways. The first way is through their gross weight, which is when each axel of the vehicle is combined to create a total weight. The second form is through axel weight, which is when it is determined how much weight each axel is carrying. A standard maximum weight for trucks to carry is 34,000 pounds, but it tends to change from state to state. Different scales are used as well to be able to hold the weight and stress of a truck while being able to record accurate measurements of weight.

A load-cell system is used most often because of its durable material and accuracy. The gauge of measurement begins to change as soon as the weight is applied. A bending-plate method is used by distributing the stress of the truck onto several different plates in order to get an accurate reading. A piezoelectric system is used through electrical charges.

There are also different methods used when weighing the trucks as well. A one-axel method weighs each set of wheels as they stop over the scale. A one-stop method weighs the truck only one time using several different scales. A weight-in-motion allows the truck to slowly pass over a number of pads to get weighed, which means no longer having to make a complete stop.

Evan Transportation was founded in 1992 by Jerry Wolfarth, who at the time had over 25 years of experience in the trucking and transportation industry. The initial operation consisted of a few trucks and drivers who were dedicated and professional. The goal of the company was, and remains, to provide excellent, dependable service.

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